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Cynthia Perlis

Director, Art for Recovery

Cindy Perlis has been the director of Art for Recovery since its inception in 1988. She has created and facilitated numerous art and healing programs including: Breast Cancer Quilts Project, Firefly Project, Employee Well-Being Project, Healing Garden Music Series, and the Open Art Studio for cancer patients. In collaboration with the UCSF Department of Medical Humanities, Cindy has published: Firefly Project, Conversations About What It Means to be Alive; Bedside Manners, What to Say and What Not to Say When Someone is Ill; Portable Artist and Art for Recovery Prompt Workbook, and Postcard Quote Project. She has painted eight murals (six on ceilings of the Ultrasound suites) throughout UCSF and worked with architects to create the Mount Zion Meditation Room. She serves on the Mission Bay Art Board and the UCSF Patient Family Advisory Board. She began her career conducting research in 18th and 19th Century American Painting and Sculpture at the National Collection of Fine Arts of the Smithsonian Institution.